I am the type of person who doesn’t like to ask for help. The kind of person who feels like I can do most things on my own, or I can eventually figure it out myself. The funny thing about this is, I am also the person that gets frustrated at people that CLEARLY need help, but they don’t want any. I love to help people- I mean I am a nurse, I do this on a daily basis- but the second I feel like I may need help, I refuse to ask for it. Completely hypocritical, I know. Just another thing God is working on in me.
I was doing a devotion by Dan Britton and Jimmy Page called Wisdom Walks. They talked about how isolation is a silent enemy. That there is pride in isolation because we think that we can live our faith through our own power when we are actually distancing ourselves from those who know us best. They say that isolation convinces us that we’re the only ones wrestling with a particular problem and then we start to believe that no one will understand what we are going through. We continue to keep a ‘lid’ on our problems thinking that we ourselves can control them, but the reality is this… they control us. Aint that the truth, though. I feel like they should have just written my name in there because it pretty much speaks directly to me.
I have been fortunate to know some wonderful believers who care so much about me and my family. They would do anything for me, and not judge for a second when my life gets a little hectic. For some reason, though, no matter what my life may look like, or what things I may be struggling with or stressing out about, I tend to shove it aside and act like it’s going alright. They could ask me time and time again what I need prayer for, and I would rather get through it on my own because it’s just more comfortable to me. The bible says “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” It also says “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” There is a reason that God wants us to lean on others, and help one another grow closer to Him, because we can’t do it all alone. We need other people to pray with us, to fight with us, and to grow with us. We are not alone, and we most definitely aren’t the only ones going through what we are going through. But, we gotta speak up and we gotta to ask for help.
If you notice in the bible, the disciples were always sent out in pairs. They consistently modeled what it was like to work together and to hold each other accountable. I think this is so important for our personal relationship with Christ. Ask people for help, ask people to pray with you, to pray for you. There is always something that we need to get better at. There is always room for improvement. There are always things that we are learning. For whatever reason, though, whenever someone asks me what I need prayer for, I have nothing to say. I truly believe it goes back to my pride. I don’t want people to know what I struggle with, I don’t want people to know what I need help with because I feel like it may make me look bad. If I am honest with myself, though, the times I suck it up and open up to others are the times I grow the most. As soon as I lay down my pride, God works wonders in my life.
I am so thankful I get to write this blog y’all. You have no idea. Why? Because I absolutely love learning from all the other amazing writers, and I love that each one of them is so very transparent- it’s tough to do. I also just love being able to be a part of Stefne’s vision, her heart for the Lord, and her heart to show others Christ. Since starting to write these blogs, I have learned so much about being open and honest with things that I am working on, so that if even one person can be reached and realize how much God loves them, and help them realize they are not alone, it is all worth it. We need to learn from each other, seek together and grow together! Click To Tweet
A little side note: It is kind of funny how God works. I feel like I am learning so many different things at once that I wasn’t really sure what the Lord was leading me to write about this month. I kept going back and forth until it drove me crazy. I do this because I know that the things that God puts on my heart to write, it’s for one of y’all that need it at the moment, so I don’t wanna screw it up! Anyway, I popped on Instagram before I sat down to write, and BAM, my church posted something that TOTALLY went with the topic I had been debating on writing about. It said, “You cannot be a Jesus follower and be independent. God has created us to live together in community with Him and with others.” I feel like God was like, here Bri… let me give you an even clearer sign. So, to the one that really needs this message just like I did… Here ya go!
God has created us to be in a community with Him and with others. Two people are better than one. So find that person that can pray for you, and hold you accountable so that you can grow in your relationship with Christ. If you already have that person, you are awesome…If you don’t, you are still awesome but start to pray for that person.
While you figure out the things you need prayer for, please pray for me that I would seek God daily. Not just read my bible when things aren’t busy, or try to just act like a good Christian… but truly seek Him daily and choose Him daily.
What can I pray for you about?
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